This brief guide is to complement the Downtown L. A. Art walk scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2011. Students will depart campus at 5pm and return at 9pm. The walk is open to USC students only. Because space is limited, advance registration is required. To RSVP, visit www.usc.edu/visionsandvoices.
Much of the public art in Downtown Los Angeles dates from the 1980s, spearheaded by the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and its percent-for-art program. The program requires that redevelopment projects set aside 1% for public art. The process of commissioning public art is overseen by the CRA and its advisory panels which comprise of professionals working in the Downtown area or people living there.
Older sculptures found in Downtown previous to the percent-for-art program, were often commissioned and placed by local associations, city departments, or were part of the decorative aspect of architecture. Downtown also has a large number of murals and street art.
The work featured on this page is Eric Orr’s Prime Matter, 1991 (CRA percent-for-art funding), located on the northwest corner of Figueroa and Wilshire. According to the original design, during the day water is supposed to fall along the columns, and at night the column is programmed to occasionally erupt in flames.